In standard scoring leagues, ones without decimal point scoring, guess who has put together the best average in their last four games played. If you guessed Aaron Rodgers (GB), you’d actually be very close, but wrong.
In standard scoring leagues –– the ones without decimal point scoring ––guess who has put together the best average in their last four games played?
If you guessed Aaron Rodgers (GB), you’d actually be very close, but wrong. Arian Foster (HOU) has a better average (27 points per game) in the last four weeks than Aaron Rodgers (26.5). In some leagues, Rodgers leads the pack, but barely.
It just goes to show how well Foster has played when he’s healthy and on the field. Even with teammate Ben Tate vulturing carries, yards and even touchdowns, it hasn’t mattered much. Foster’s been on fire.
Even though Foster started out the year with minimal impact thanks to a hamstring injury, he’s eighth in the league rushing this season (740 yards) and is tied for sixth place in rushing touchdowns with Fred Jackson (BUF) with six.
Did I mention he practically missed the first three weeks of football with a hamstring injury?
The fact that he’s seventh in total fantasy points this year is stunning, even with the third-year back finally getting a bye week in Week 11. Missing Andre Johnson (HOU) hasn’t stopped his production. Tate hasn’t slowed down his play, either in the running or receiving game, and he’s putting up Rodgers’ numbers in terms of fantasy.
Last week, Foster was one of eight players that had 100 or more receiving yards. He’s a running back, people, and he’s reached the 100-yard receiving plateau more than once this season!
He’s averaged 108.75 yards rushing and 64.75 yards receiving and 1.75 total TDs a game in the last four weeks. He’s been unreal.
His last game against Tampa Bay on the road has convinced me that if Foster was healthy all year, he’d again be the top fantasy scorer. Yes, even better than Rodgers.
When Foster returns, he’ll have Jacksonville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Carolina, Indianapolis and Tennessee left on the schedule — hardly Murderer’s row in terms of matchups to round out the year.
The only two things that could stop Foster is another injury and whether or not Matt Schaub’s (HOU) reportedly season ending foot injury will hinder the Texans’ offense.
But with Foster being as dominant as he has been of late, the quarterback situation may not even be able to spoil another great year for this fantasy stud.
Can’t wait! Waiver wire pickups
Injuries are taking a toll on teams league-wide and it’s certainly hitting a slew of fantasy teams this year.
Schaub, Michael Vick (PHI), Matt Cassel (KC) could all see significant time off the field due to their respective injuries. And there’s a chance those injuries can have a ripple effect on the entire offense of their teams.
Hopefully, these waiver wire pickups can help your team recover from these injuries quicker than some of these guys get back on the field.
QB: Matt Leinert (HOU), Vince Young (PHI), John Skelton (ARI)
RB: Kendall Hunter (SF)
WR: Denarius Moore (OAK), Vincent Brown (SD)
Breakin’ bread list
Foster is out this week because of a bye, so you won’t see him on the list. Rodgers, however, is not.
The guy’s averaging nearly 27 points a game this season in standard league. Of course, he’s on the list. And even with the potential absence of Vick, I think LeSean McCoy will be great this weekend because the NY Giants are still be at stopping the run.
QB: Rodgers (GB) vs. Tampa Bay, Tom Brady (NE) vs. Kansas City
RB: Adrian Peterson (MIN) vs. Oakland, McCoy at NY Giants
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) vs. Carolina, Dez Bryant (DAL) at Washington
The Purple Drank list — presented by Joe Amendola’s legal advice
I try to limit Purple Drank presenter candidates to the NFL, but I simply couldn’t resist this week.
Whose idea was it for former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, who’s been accused of multiple acts of child molestation dating back to the ‘90s, to get on national TV for a phone interview that could only hurt his case?
That’s right. His lawyer, Joe Amendola.
Trust that I’m not trying to make light of a very huge scandal and cover-up at Penn State (allegedly) or of what Sandusky has been accused of. But some things are just so bizarre that you can’t help but to laugh in disbelief at them. Sandusky’s lawyer’s decision to willfully let Sandusky go on TV and, in essence, make Sandusky look even worse in the public eye than he already does just makes you shake your head.
Then again, Amendola’s past — impregnating a minor at the age of 49! — makes it a little clear that his decision-making skills leave a bit to be desired.
QB: Rex Grossman (WSH) vs. Dallas, Josh Freeman (TB) at Green Bay
RB: Dexter McCluster (KC) at New England, LeGarrette Blount (TB) at Green Bay
WR: Roy Williams (CHI) vs. San Diego, Eddie Royal (DEN) vs. NY Jets
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) at Miami, Tyler Palko (KC) at New England
RB: Jackie Battle (KC) at New England, Lance Ball (DEN) vs. NY Jets
WR: Louis Murphy (OAK) at Minnesota, Steve Smith (PHI) at NY Giants
Joey Baskerville writes his Pick Six Weekly column every Wednesday. He can be reached at email@example.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.